Analyzing Walksat on random formulas
Mathematics - Combinatorics | Computer Science - Discrete Mathematics | 68R01
Let F be a uniformly distributed random k-SAT formula with n variables and m clauses. We prove that the Walksat algorithm from Papadimitriou (FOCS 1991)/Schoning (FOCS 1999) finds a satisfying assignment of F in polynomial time w.h.p. if m/n<\rho 2^k/k for a certain constant \rho>0. This is an improvement by a factor of $\Theta(k)$ over the best previous analysis of Walksat from Coja-Oghlan, Feige, Frieze, Krivelevich, Vilenchik (SODA 2009).